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Remembering Tom Wolfe, American writer with an 'anthropologist's delight'

16 May 2018, 12:39 | Floyd Cook

Tom Wolfe, Star Journalist and Author of 'The Right Stuff,' Dies at 87

Author and Richmond native Tom Wolfe dies at 87 - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Tom Wolfe, legendary fiction and nonfiction author who wrote era-defining books Bonfire of the Vanities and Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, has died at the age of 88.

The author and journalist will be remembered as a pioneer of New Journalism, a style of news writing developed in the 1960s and 1970s. The news was announced by Wolfe's long-time agent Lynn Nesbit. One summer Wolfe had a white suit made, but it was too warm, so he wore it in December and found that it "really irritated people -- I had hit upon this harmless form of aggression". He later left for Washington, then New York, arriving there in 1962 to work for The New York Herald Tribune.

Wolfe covered a range of topics in his prose, from Ken Kesey and the Beat Generation in the 1968 nonfiction book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" to Cuban immigrants in Miami in 2012 novel "Back to Blood". John Irving angrily denounced Wolfe by saying, "I can't read him because he's such a bad writer".

Despite earning a Ph.D., Wolfe set out on a career in journalism, working as a reporter at the Springfield Union in MA and later at The Washington Post.

Quickly developing an unconventional style, he was much-recognised for his work, winning an award from The Newspaper Guild for foreign reporting in Cuba in 1961 and also scooping the Guild's award for humour.


Wolfe critiqued art critics in The Painted Word in 1975, and the architectural decline in From Bauhaus to Our House in 1981.

"Everything that bloggers have done for journalism - and I personally think they've done a lot - Wolfe did it first, he did it 30 years earlier, and he did it better", novelist Rex Grossman told NPR.

At the same time, Wolfe continued to turn out a stream of essays and magazine pieces for New York, Harper's and Esquire.

After this he wrote a number of popular books, both documentary and artistic.

Tom Wolfe brought stories to life with groundbreaking novels, including "Bonfire of the Vanities" and "The Right Stuff".



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